It was with some trepidation that I offered up the app The Witch with No Name to my six year old. Anyone with a six-year-old will know why – one minute they are asking to take a bunch of cuddly toys to bed with them, the next they eschew anything that isn’t aimed at teenagers at the very least.
And I feared that the Witch With No Name would be dismissed as ‘babyish’ from the off. But surprisingly, despite its lack of branding, ‘rude’ words and toilet humour, it has been a big hit.
The premise of what is essentially an interactive storybook, is that the witch has to set off in search of her name, and along the way needs to pick up some key ingredients and other items (including a stinky sock and a giant’s nosehair – now I see why this was so appealing to my six-year-old!) to make this happen. The storybook is cute, with some neat interactive features and fun games to play.
The games range from target throwing, to puzzles and matching games – and the levels can be set to accommodate children from the ages of four to 10.
If you like a game where your child will be stimulated in a variety of different ways, with different mini-games and puzzles that will get them thinking, as well as entertaining them while you’re waiting in a long queue or in the car, this is a pretty good choice. It has the added bonus that it can be read in French or English, which adds an extra educational dimension to the whole thing.
Plus there’s a great surprise at the end – but I won’t spoil that for you!
The app is available for iOS and Android at $4.99.